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Arshavin's Spurs move 'ruled out'

Andrei Arshavin
Arshavin helped Zenit beat Man Utd in Monaco

Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat claims Andrei Arshavin's proposed move to Tottenham is off after the clubs failed to agree on a fee.

Arshavin, 27, came on as substitute in Zenit's 2-1 Uefa Super Cup victory over Manchester United in Monaco on Friday.

But, in answer to suggestions that Arshavin was on the verge of joining the Londoners, Advocaat said: "The door's closed, the deal's closed.

"Tottenham offered 16m and that's not enough, so that's the end of it."

Arshavin, so impressive in Russia's run to the Euro 2008 semi-finals, was thought to be an ideal replacement for Robbie Keane following the Irishman's 20.3m move to Liverpool.

But Advocaat claims Tottenham are still 6m short of the asking price for the playmaker.

"They (Tottenham) had several weeks of time to buy him and they did not offer 22m like everybody has been writing, but just 16m," said the Dutchman.

"I think that Arshavin costs more than 16m."

Advocaat's comments suggest Tottenham have some work to do if they are to sign the Russian before the close of the transfer window at midnight on Monday.

However, should a deal be reached it would appear Arshavin would be keen on a move, the forward previously stating: "When Tottenham made their offer, I was sceptical at first.

"But after Spurs boss Juande Ramos called me personally and told me that he wanted me in his side, the situation changed and I agreed in principle to join them."

Zenit recently paid 24m for Portuguese playmaker Danny from Dinamo Moscow, prompting suggestions the Russian outfit could be willing to do a deal to sell Arshavin.

see also
Man Utd 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg
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Spurs to revive Arshavin interest
27 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Pavlyuchenko heads for Tottenham
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Berbatov seeks Spurs crisis talks
26 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Ramos happy with Spurs firepower
14 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Barcelona fail in Arshavin move
07 Jul 08 |  Europe

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